John Richard Lyon, 78, of Blue Springs, died Wednesday, September 04, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Lee’s Summit.
John was born on January 5, 1941, in St. Clair County, the son of Richard Franklin and Johnnie Helen (Robinson) Lyon. He was first united in marriage to Charla Jean Park of Lathrop on June 2, 1962; she preceded him in death on December 25, 1993. He was then united in marriage to Phyllis Jane Testrake of Lee’s Summit on October 19, 1996; she survives of the home.
Additional survivors include: three sons: Rob Lyon of Excelsior Springs, Dave (Theresa) Lyon of Lawson, and Steve Lyon of Branson; 10 grandchildren: Cait Lyon, Sarah Lyon, Henry Lyon, Maggie Lyon, Ashley (Christian) Young, Matt Lyon, Jessica Lyon (Andrew Faulkner), Nick Lyon, Hayley (Waylon) Whorton, and Josie Lyon; six step-grandchildren: Rashell (Darrell) Thornton, Brandon Hiser, Jordan Martin, Joshua Martin, Jessica (Joey) McMillan, and Jeffrey Hiser, Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Emma Young, and one on the way; 11 step-great-grandchildren: Leah Chaning, Liam Thornton, Boss McMillan, Nickolas McMillan, Cole Hiser, Presleigh Hiser, Maverick Hiser, Matt Martin, Evan Martin, Jaxson Hiser, and Brooklin Hiser; one brother, Mike (Shauna) Lyon of Cleveland; three sisters: Kathy (Bob) Orf of Kansas City, Linda Lyon of New Jersey, and MaryAnn Pryor of Buckner; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, one step-son, Jeff Hiser, one brother, Steve Lyon, and two sisters, Pat Ayres and Carol Keeler.
John was reared and educated in Cass County and graduated from the Cass Midway High School. He worked as a Tool & Die Maker for most of his life and 14 years at General Motors. John was also a farmer in the Camden area and operated the Lyon Orchard. He was a man who carried responsibility all of his life and started working from a young age. John enjoyed time at the lake fishing, boating, and especially spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed float trips and driving friends around the lake. John was also a faithful member of the Christian Fellowship Ministry of Richmond, where he was an elder.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Donor’s Choice They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street – P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Graveside services with burial will be at Lake Viking Cemetery, near Gallatin, at 2:00 P.M. on Monday. Please share your memories of John by visiting www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.
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